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Job Opportunity - Apprentice Ghillie/Boatman

Upper North Wark salmon fishing beat is looking to employ an apprentice Ghillie/Boatman to work on their beat on the River Tweed. You will be working alongside two very experienced Ghillies who will train you in this craft and explain all the intricacies of salmon fishing and where the salmon may lay on the beat .

About You

You may be a school leaver or looking for your first job. You will be very strong and have a keen interest in fishing and / or the natural environment – particularly rivers . You will be very personable , a team player and able to talk with people from all walks of life . You will spend time with our visiting fishermen and a smart appearance and ability to chat are all important qualities .

The Job

There is much maintenance work to be done throughout the year including strimming, weed cutting and other general riverbank maintenance . Health and safety law is important and the appropriate training will be provided.  Training will be given on fly tying , equipment and the cycles of the Atlantic Salmon. You will be shown the best ways to fish the beat and how to optimise the chances of our visiting fishermen.  Rowing is an important part of the job so physical fitness and strength is essential.  You will be able to fish the beat when we have no visitors after agreement with the Head Ghillie .

The salmon season runs from 1st February until 30th November . There is no fishing in December or January or on Sundays throughout the year . However, maintenance work continues through the winter months and this is a full time position throughout the year .


We would like to start interviewing early in 2022 and would ideally like to make an appointment early in the 2022 season . Please apply in writing via email to

If you have any questions on the role or your application please e mail our Head Ghillie Martin via


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